An outcome of primary importance to the Center for Translational Science Activities (CTSA) is whether participation in the KL2 Program adequately prepares scholars to become successful clinical investigators.
Outcomes data tracked for each KL2 scholar includes academic positions; grants submitted and awarded; peer-reviewed publications submitted and published; patents received; and other traditional academic career accomplishments, such as recognition awards for teaching and research.
When you enter the KL2 Program as a scholar — and again each year — you are surveyed to assess your competencies and accomplishments. This progressive information is reviewed by you and your mentors during your annual meeting with the CTSA Postdoctoral Programs Committee.
Effective methods for maintaining email and paper communications are in place to regularly collect and record data on program trainees and career progression. These tracking tools are utilized to collect data — such as your research activities, productivity and academic achievements — in an effort to determine whether your career trajectory is truly along the pathway toward research independence and leadership in clinical research.
After you graduate from the KL2 Program, you will continue to be surveyed annually regarding your career progression, grant funding and publication record; this information is needed to meet National Institutes of Health (NIH) reporting requirements.
Outcome data collected
The administrative data collection system for tracking the academic progress of the KL2 scholars includes a series of short-term instruments, which assess markers of program success on an ongoing basis. The quantitative components of this information are maintained in a relational database, which allows for immediate retrieval and analysis. Data includes:
- Assessment of successful recruitment of diverse scholars
- Scholars successfully matched with excellent multidisciplinary mentor teams
- Relationships between scholars and mentor teams
- Scholars developing interdisciplinary research plans
- Implementation and applicability of curriculum
- Scholars completing academic and curricular milestones in a timely fashion
- Success of scholars in an academic curriculum
Also tracked are intermediate- and long-term outcomes, including:
- Length of time to graduation from the clinical and translational science master's degree or certificate program
- Graduation rate
- Successful graduation of minority scholars
- Publications of scholars
- Diversity of scholars' research
- Success of scholars in obtaining R01 or (equivalent) grant funding
- Success of scholars in obtaining faculty positions at high-quality academic medical centers
- Success of scholars in becoming training mentors of the future
- Success of scholars in leading interdisciplinary teams